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Hayes School of Music at Appalachian to present five concerts Nov. 15-18

By University Communications

BOONE—The Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University will present five concerts featuring either the university’s student ensembles or faculty between Nov. 15 and Nov. 18.

Unless otherwise noted, all the performances will take place in the Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall on the university campus. Admission is free, and, with the exception of a string chamber music concert on Nov. 16, a live stream of the performances will be available at Details of the events are as follows:

Faculty Recital: Junie Cho, piano, 8 p.m. Nov. 15
Cho, an adjunct professor of collaborative piano and class piano, will devote the first part of her recital to transcriptions of several pieces by J.S. Bach. Most of the transcriptions were written by Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924), a musical polyglot whose reputation rests largely on them.

The transcribed music that Cho will perform includes several chorale preludes by Bach in addition to “Adagio” from his “Toccata for Organ in C Major.”

The rest of Cho’s recital will feature Robert Schumann’s “Kreisleriana,” which was inspired by Johannes Kreisler, a character in three 19th-century novels by E.T.A. Hoffmann.

An Evening of String Chamber Music, 6 p.m. Nov. 16
Student chamber ensembles will perform music composed or arranged for various combinations of string instruments. The groups have been coached by four Appalachian music faculty: Dr. Nancy Bargerstock, a professor of violin; Dr. Eric Koontz, an associate professor of viola and violin and the string area coordinator; Dr. Kenneth Lurie, a professor of cello; and Dr. Alicia Chapman, an assistant professor of oboe.

The program will feature excerpts of string quartets by Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonín Dvořák and Philip Glass. Also featured will be excerpts from duets for violin and cello by Franz Anton Hoffmeister and Jean Baptiste Bréval.

Some music will feature wind or brass instruments, in addition to string instruments. For example, the “Allegretto” movement from Gustav Holst’s “Terzetto” will be performed, as will the “Adagio-Allegro” movement from Franz Schubert’s “Octet in F Major for Strings and Winds.”

Appalachian Treble Choir and Appalachian Gospel Choir, 8 p.m. Nov. 16
The Appalachian Treble Choir is an all-female ensemble under the direction of Dr. Priscilla Porterfield, who is also the vocal area coordinator at Appalachian. The Appalachian Gospel Choir, directed by Dr. DaVaughn Miller, specializes in singing music of the African-American religious experience.

On Nov. 16, these two groups will combine forces in concert. The performance will include such pieces as Lajos Bardos’ “Cantemos”; Giorgio Koukl’s “Three Ukrainian Songs”; and Morten Lauridsen’s “Dirait-on.” The concert will conclude with several famous traditional numbers, including “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel” and “Every Time I Feel the Spirit.”

Appalachian Percussion Ensemble: The Open Mind Series – Concert 8, 8 p.m. Nov. 17
Robert Falvo, a professor of percussion who directs this group, has programmed music composed for a variety of instruments. Sections of the concert will also feature improvised fare.

Multiple marimba players will perform Jennifer Higdon’s “Splendid Wood.” Everything from timpani to a cowbell will be showcased in Michael Colgrass’ “Three Brothers.” The concert will conclude with Andy Akiho’s “Karakurenai,” in a version for several different instruments, from piano to vibes.

Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Nov. 18, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Dr. Mélisse Brunet will conduct. An assistant professor at Appalachian, she directs the school’s orchestra activities. Brunet has programmed two works: Hector Berlioz’s famed “Symphonie Fantastique” and Arturo Márquez’s “Danzón, No. 2.”

About the Hayes School of Music

The Hayes School of Music prepares young musicians for professional lives as performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors and music industry professionals, ensuring the next generation of musical leadership for the state, region and nation. Noted for quality instruction by national and internationally recognized faculty musicians, the school offers four undergraduate degree programs and three graduate-level programs.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.